Shipping Batteries (IATA and DOT)

This course provides detailed information on how to properly ship batteries by both ground (DOT) and air (IATA). Due to heightened concerns about battery safety, there are new regulations regarding lithium batteries and an increased emphasis on inspections and compliance. Our course will assist you in satisfying regulatory training requirements and teach you how to safely package batteries for transport.

This course is updated to include the 2021 IATA changes to the lithium battery requirements.

This course is designed to meet the training requirements for both ground transportation (49 CFR 172.704) and transport by air (IATA Section 1.5). We cover the specific requirements for:

  • lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries;
  • dry batteries (alkaline, Ni-Cd, etc.);
  • wet batteries (lead-acid, lead-alkali, non-spillable);
  • battery-powered vehicles and equipment.
Batteries containing sodium are not discussed in this course.

The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 100-185) include provisions for packaging, hazard communication (package marking, labeling, and shipping papers), and handling batteries and battery-powered devices. The purpose of these regulations is to protect the safety of people and property when batteries and battery-powered devices are being shipped. This course covers the training requirements for shipping batteries, including selecting the proper shipping name, marking and labeling, selecting proper packaging, and preparing shipping papers.

Course Fee
$190.00 USD


  • Instant Access, Online, On-Demand
  • Certificate, Wallet Card, Scoresheet
  • Accepted by: DOT / FAA & IATA

For help call Toll-Free 866-523-9108

Group Discount Information

Shipping More Than Batteries?
If you are shipping hazardous materials or dangerous goods other than batteries, we suggest you consider DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation if shipping by ground, or IATA Dangerous Goods if shipping by air.


  • Intro to DOT and IATA Regulations
  • Training Requirements
  • Penalties
  • Reporting Requirements
  • Types of Batteries
  • Battery-Specific Requirements
  • Selection of Proper Shipping Name
  • Marking and Labeling
  • Documentation (Shipping Papers)
  • Security Awareness Training

Who Should Attend

This training applies to any individual who;
  • Marks, labels, or otherwise prepares containers or packagings of batteries for transportation by ground or air;
  • Prepares documentation (Shipper's Declaration, Airway Bill, Bill of Lading) for batteries;
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting batteries by ground or air;


Upon completion of this online course, participants should be able to:
  • understand and use the DOT and IATA regulations specific to shipping batteries;
  • properly label and mark containers of batteries for shipment;
  • complete Shipper's Declaration, Airway Bill, or Bill of Lading for battery shipments;
  • select proper packaging for batteries;


Linda R. Taylor, PE

Linda is the owner of Taylor Engineering, and a former faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology at NC State University and the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's IES. She has over 30 years of engineering experience working in industry, academia, and environmental consulting, including over 25 years at North Carolina State University. She has provided instruction on a wide range of environmental, health, transportation, and safety topics at conferences and training courses, both live and online, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer and an OSHA authorized instructor.

Ms. Taylor received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Hours

2 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.

Training Requirement

Citation: 49 CFR 172.704 and IATA DGR Section 1.5

DOT's training requirements for shipping hazardous materials is located in 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H. In addition to initial training [49 CFR 172.704(c)(1)], DOT requires "recurrent training" every 3 three years.

"A hazmat employee shall receive the training required by this subpart at least once every three years." [49 CFR 172.704(c)(2)]

Section of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations requires that:

"Recurrent training must take place within 24 months of previous training to ensure knowledge is current..."

Refresher Training Required: Every 2 year(s).

Course FAQs

Good question. The DOT & FAA do not approve, sanction, endorse, or accredit either courses, instructors, or training providers. Perhaps the better benchmark to consider is that our courses are *accepted* by all relevant regulatory agencies, including the DOT & FAA. We have trained tens of thousands of clients over two decades, and our courses have not only survived but also thrived under the scrutiny of regulatory inspections.

IATA is a trade association. IATA publishes the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations which provides a summary of shipping requirements, a comprehensive list of dangerous goods, and state & operator variations. IATA is not a regulatory agency nor does it have enforcement authority.

NOTICE: Eduwhere is not accredited, sanctioned, endorsed by, in partnership or affiliated with, the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The courses offered by Eduwhere are not accredited or otherwise approved by IATA and no IATA certificate will be issued by completing such courses.

Eduwhere provides a comprehensive certificate package for each student that includes a certificate of completion, scoresheet compliance document, and a laminated wallet-card. Inspectors find the compliance document particularly useful. Documentation is available for electronic download and a printed certificate package is also provided.

Ultimately, it is up to the employer to determine what training is appropriate for their employees and their situation. If you ever have any questions related to training, please feel free to reach out to us by phone, email, or online chat and we'll be happy to help.

The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.